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* Sri Lanka Opposition party claims fraud in the program to distribute school uniforms
Fri, Dec 6, 2013, 10:15 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says that monies amounting to millions of rupees have been defrauded in the school uniform distribution program.

The party says it will complain to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption on the alleged fraud.

UNP parliamentarian Harin Fernando told a news conference today that Rs. 700 million has been defrauded in the program to distribute school uniforms this year.

He explained that the government had spent Rs. 2 billion for the program when it could have been done with Rs. 1.4 billion.

According to Fernando, there are discrepancies in the manner in which the tender was given to four companies.

"Two companies are owned by the same person and the two other companies have been given the tender on a sub contract by the same person. The government had spent less when the purchases were made from a state institution last year," he added.

Fernando charged that the government has to respond to this matter and address the corruption in the country that is costing millions to the public.

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